Monday, March 17, 2014

Badge of the Day #87 (Rapid Vienna)


Featuring today the latest addition to the collection in the form of Rapid Wien, Austria’s finest name, as represented by this suitably fine object, resplendent as it is in green, white & gold (an attraction to Rapid’s green & white colour combination was/is, of course almost inevitable).
Again, one recalls the name of Rapid Vienna occurring during the earlier days of following the European club competitions, & quite possibly in the Subbuteo team colours chart listings, & the team contesting the 1984-85 Cup-Winners’ Cup final with Everton, losing 1 – 3, including such footballing luminaries as Hans Krankl (who scored) & the already-legendary Antonin Panenka: earlier in the tournament, Rapid had rather controversially eliminated Glasgow Celtic following the unusual circumstance of a replayed match, so were well represented in the British media that season, which was rather good. In 1996, Rapid Vienna again reached the Cup-Winners’ Cup final, alas to lose once more, this time to Paris St Germain, a disappointing return for one of the grand names of European football.


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